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Virtual Festival FAQ

Virtual Festival FAQ

The Hawaii Hapalua Festival
In the Footsteps of the King’s Runner

Complete any or all of the Hapalua festival distances wherever you are. Music and storytelling from Hawaii at our Festival Area and run in the footsteps of the legendary King’s Runner. 

The event month is April and participants should complete the distance between April fools and Lei Day (May 1).


Which distances will be there be at the Hapalua Festival?

  • 5k – Ho’omaka
  • 10k – Hapalua Iki
  • Hapalua Half Marathon – Single Day
  • Hapalua Half Marathon – Multi Day


Guide to Submitting Evidence

Can anyone enter the Virtual events?
Yes, anyone can enter the Virtual Hapalua Festival. Online registration opens in early February. There is a limit on the number of entries available.

How do I run a virtual race? How do I track and upload my results?
You can run or walk your virtual race anywhere you choose!
It could be in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, or anywhere that is safe and compliant with the COVID-19 protocols in your region.
On your chosen race day, track the run using a GPS tracker. You can use any tracker, such as Strava, Runkeeper, Garmin etc. The tracker will measure your time and distance covered. Then upload an image/screenshot of your run as proof to us.
Once you have registered for any of the virtual events, you will be given your own participant account page where you submit evidence of your race.  You’ll also get access to the Festival area
Our team will verify your race and send your event shirt and medal. 

Do I have to run the virtual race on a particular date?
You can run your race anytime from April 1 – May 1.

Do I have to run the half-marathon in one day?
If you need more than one day to complete the 13.1 miles, select the multi-day event at registration and then submit images of all your completed runs and include your total running time.

Can I run my virtual race on a treadmill?
Yes!  Just take a photo of the treadmill total time and distance so you can submit evidence of your run. You can also upload a photo of yourself. We love to see where you’re running!

Can I enter more than one event distance?
Yes, you can enter all three distances.  All three event distances is the Big Kukini.

What is the deadline to register?
If there are still places left, You can register right up until the event closes on April 30. Just make sure to give yourself time to finish the run and upload your evidence. There are entry limits for each event so it’s better to enter early!

Can I register my family and friends to run?
Yes, you can register more than one person under your account. Everyone gets their own personalised race bib and finisher certificate in the Account section.

Can I change my race distance after I register?
No, but you can add another event distance to your registration. You can enter all three event distances if you want.

If I complete the virtual event, will I get the finishers medals and event shirt?
Yes, we will mail these to your home address.

Do you ship internationally?
Yes, the Hapalua Virtual Festival is a global event; we will gladly ship anywhere in the world.

Will there be age group awards?
No, since everyone will be running at different places and under different conditions, we won’t do age group awards for the virtual race. 

Will I have to pay for the 2021 Hapalua Festival if I am registered for the 2020 Hapalua?
No, if you registered and paid for the 2020 Hapalua, you will not need to pay for the virtual event registration. You will need to register using a comp code which we will email to you in February.

Can I run the virtual Hapalua for charity?
Yes, we have partnered with a number of US and international charities. At registration, check the tick-box next to the charity you want to run for and they will contact you with details on how to fundraise for them.
You can also add a donation to your chosen charity at registration.

Will I have to upload my results to access the virtual festival area.
No, after you register for any virtual race distance you will be sent a confirmation email along with a link you can use to access the Festival. You do not need to complete the race in order to enjoy the content.